With the same
passionate scholarship and analytical audacity he brought to the character of
God, Jack Miles now approaches the literary and theological enigma of Jesus. In
so doing, he tells the story of a broken promise—God’s ancient covenant with
Israel—and of its strange, unlooked-for fulfillment. For, having abandoned his
chosen people to an impending holocaust at the hands of their Roman conquerors.
God, in the person of Jesus, chooses to die with them, in what is effectively
an act of divine suicide.
On the basis of this
shocking argument, Miles compels us to reassess Christ’s entire life and
teaching: His proclivity for the powerless and disgraced. His refusal to
discriminate between friends and enemies. His transformation of defeat into a
victory that redeems not just Israel but the entire world. Combining a close
reading of the Gospels with a range of reference that includes Donne, Nietzche,
and Elie Wiesel, Christ: A Crisis in the
Life of God is a work of magnificent eloquence and imagination. Download and start listening now!